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Blackburn granted sixth year of eligibility

Blackburn granted sixth year of eligibility

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Carousel, Football, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

One of EWU’s five senior co-captains from its 2018 FCS runner-up campaign is returning for another season. All-American center Spencer Blackburn was granted a sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA on Feb. 14. Blackburn’s request was a “cut-and-dry” situation, having redshirted his first...

Riding for the culture

Riding for the culture

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

February 13, 2019


Filed under Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

When most people hear the word rodeo, an image of modern day cowboys glued to bucking bulls and stallions is the first thing that comes to mind. For teams of Native Americans competing in Indian relay races, the rodeo is an opportunity to continue traditions and preserve family pride. The Indian relay...

Women complete regular season sweep of Montana

Women complete regular season sweep of Montana

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

February 9, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase, Women

The women’s basketball team walked out of Reese Court win a win for the first time since Nov. 14 on Saturday. The Eagles (6-15, 5-7) earned their sixth straight victory over rival Montana (5-7, 10-11) by a score of 67-64. The win snapped a six-game home losing streak for EWU and was its first Big...

Women lose sixth straight on Reese Court

Women lose sixth straight on Reese Court

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

February 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase, Women

The EWU women’s basketball game attempted 26 shots from the field in the second half of Thursday night’s game. Only four went in, and the Eagles lost their sixth straight game on Reese Court to Montana State 61-47. “Shooting 15 percent in a half, it’s hard to win basketball games,” EWU head...

Davison’s hot hand torches Lumberjacks

Davison’s hot hand torches Lumberjacks

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

February 4, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Men, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

From 20 seconds after the opening tip, it was clear sophomore guard Jacob Davison would not be stopped Monday night. Davison opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and went on to score 14 of EWU’s first 16 points. He finished with a career-high 41 points, as the Eagles (8-13, 6-4) beat Northern Arizona...

Aiken lifts Eagles over Thunderbirds

Aiken lifts Eagles over Thunderbirds

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

February 2, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Men, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

With the Eagles leading scorer Mason Peatling ruled out with a foot injury, freshman forward Kim AIken stuffed the stat sheet in the second half and sparked EWU (7-13, 5-4) to a 82-79 win over Southern Utah (9-10, 4-6) on Saturday. Aiken scored 17 second half points on way to a 24 point career high. He adde...

Freshman figures Eagles need a skating club

Freshman figures Eagles need a skating club

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 31, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

At 6:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, while most EWU students are either fast asleep or grumbling through their morning routine, Samantha Vo can be seen with the ice skating club, gliding across the ice at the URC. The freshman from Tacoma has been president of the ice skating club for about two...

Student athletes are not immune to mental health problems

Student athletes are not immune to mental health problems

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

Content warning: This article discusses topics of suicide and suicide prevention. If you are depressed or have suicidal thoughts please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.   Suicide rates among college students and those aged 15 to 24 are at a 36-year high accordin...

Easley’s four-year journey to get back on the court

Easley’s four-year journey to get back on the court

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase, Women

After grinding through four years of transfers and injuries to play in her first game, junior guard Andie Easley does not have fond memories of her early college career. “It was miserable,” Easley said. “Nobody really understood how badly I wanted to be on the court.” Easley grew up in...

Eagles’ late comeback run falls short

Eagles’ late comeback run falls short

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 26, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase, Women

With nine seconds on the clock in regulation, junior forward Uriah Howard hoisted a 3-pointer that would’ve sent the game to overtime, after EWU faced an 18 point Sacramento State lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Her shot fell short, and Sac State walked out of Reese Court with a 73-70 ...

A good throw comes from below

A good throw comes from below

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase, Track and field

Many track and field athletes participate in a multitude of events that test all physical abilities, including running long distances, sprinting and jumping. While it’s obvious that the strength to succeed in those disciplines would come from the legs, it may not be as clear that the legs are also...

Swapping her kicks for spikes

Swapping her kicks for spikes

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Carousel, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase, Track and field, Women

In spring 2018, Mariah Cunningham had a decision to make. The senior forward from Central Valley High School in Spokane had exhausted her four years of NCAA eligibility for basketball, but had the option to play one more season. The catch? She’d have to switch to track and field, a sport she hadn’t...

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